Tres Lagunas crews helped by dampness from storm

Posted at: 06/06/2013 9:59 AM
Updated at: 06/06/2013 10:19 PM
By: The Associated Press

PECOS, N.M. (AP) - Mother Nature has provided some help to crews battling the Tres Lagunas fire north of Pecos in northern New Mexico's Santa Fe National Forest.

Fire management team spokeswoman Iris Estes says a storm that passed through the area late Wednesday didn't drop much rain on the fire but increased humidity in the area.

Estes says the resulting dampness means a concern for Thursday is preventing injury to firefighters working on steep slopes.

The fire grew by about 100 acres Wednesday but is still at roughly 15 square miles. Containment is estimated at 25 percent.

The fire started May 30 because of a downed power line.

Firefighters are trying to protect cabins and other structures as well as keep the fire away from watersheds for Santa Fe and Las Vegas.

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